Elizabeth Escobedo

Elizabeth Rachel Escobedo

Associate Professor

What I do

I am an associate professor of history at the University of Denver.


Mexican American history, U.S. women's history, history of race and ethnicity in the 20th century U.S.

Professional Biography

Elizabeth Escobedo is an associate professor of Latina/o history, with a specialization in 20th century Mexican American history. She enjoys teaching a wide-range of topics in U.S. history, including modern America, the Latina/o and Chicana/o experience, women and gender, and the history of race and ethnicity in America. Professor Escobedo is currently working with the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program to engage DU students in exploring the lives and legacies of veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Her current book project is a history of Puerto Rican women in the World War II U.S. military.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Washington, 2004


Professor Escobedo's current book project is a comparative history of Mexican American and Puerto Rican women in the World War II U.S. military.

Areas of Research

Latinx communities and World War II

Key Projects

  • NCA's Veterans Legacy Program (VLP)
  • Veterans Legacy Program

Featured Publications

Escobedo, E. (2015). From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.


  • Armitage-Jameson Book Prize, Coalition for Western Women's History
  • Best History Book – English, International Latino Book Awards